Generac Dealer

(Coopersburg, PA), October 15, 2012 – Coopersburg Construction, a leading regional construction, plumbing and painting services company, has recently completed extensive training from Generac, the number 1 selling generator in USA and Canada.

Generators provide power backup for everyday necessities like heating, cooling, refrigeration and lights, to daily essentials like cooking, laundry or kids’ bath times. Power outages are occurring more frequently than ever and lasting longer with devastating effects. Stand up to unpredictable weather and unforeseen outages with the most trusted name in residential standby power. If the power ever goes out, your standby generator goes on – automatically – protecting you and your home 24/7.

As a certified dealer, Coopersburg Construction offers generator sales, installation and repairs for the region with the full line of automatic home standby generators.

Fred Derby stated, “You will never feel helpless again. Now our customers can feel safe and secure with 24/7 backup power protection.”
Generac Residential Generators feature:

  • Automatic, hands-free backup power supply for home or business.
  • Kicks in within ten seconds of determining power loss. Your life won’t miss a beat.
  • Powered by Generac’s OHVI® engine – designed specifically for generators.
  • Easiest installation and best value on the market – many models pre-packaged with a pre-wired transfer switch (U.S. and Canada only). All models include mounting pad.
  • TruePower™ Technology provides clean, smooth operation of sensitive electronics and appliances.
  • Quiet-Test™ mode for a weekly self test that’s quieter than other brands.
  • The most environmentally friendly generator on the market – consumes less fuel and releases fewer emissions.

About Coopersburg Construction

Since 1975, Coopersburg Construction, Coopersburg Plumbing and Coopersburg Painting & Paperhanging have provided the finest level of customer service with our dedicated, conscientious, professional employees, using top quality material. Our employees are true craftsmen who deliver extra effort to make sure the job is done correctly and on time. Our continuing dedication to training, excellence and craftsmanship, along with our neatness and commitment to detail, is unsurpassed in the industry. Today the company has 20 plus employees and a fleet of 24 silver trucks proudly sporting the CCC logo in burgundy and black. For more information on Coopersburg Construction and its services, visit www.CoopersburgConstruction.com or www.TeamCoopersburg.com

About Generac (NYSE: GNRC)

Since 1959, Generac has been a leading designer and manufacturer of a wide range of generators and other engine powered products. As a leader in power equipment serving residential, light commercial, industrial and construction markets, Generac’s power products are available through a broad network of independent dealers, retailers, wholesalers and equipment rental companies. The company markets and distributes its products primarily under its Generac and Magnum brand names. For more information on Generac and its extensive line of both portable and automatic generators, visit www.generac.com

What’s in a Brand?

Our company was formed in 1975 in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania. Over the years we have installed, sold, and recommended many products for our clients’ homes and commercial buildings. These products need to last and work with minimum maintenance.

Our choice of brand products have assured our clients the best results in all the work we perform for them. Using a top brand may be a little more expensive, however it will work in the end.

  • Lehigh Valley Builder’s Assn.
  • PA Builder’s Assn.
  • National Assn. of Home Builders
  • Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Better Business Bureau
  • PA Ground Water Assn.
  • National Ground Water Assn.
  • EnergyLoan from AFC First
  • Lennox Industries Dealer
  • Jacuzzi Dealer
  • Marlo Water Treatment Dealer
  • Mohawk Carpet Dealer
  • Congoleum Flooring Dealer
  • ATS Water Treatment Dealer

A Commitment to Tradition

Our company was formed in 1975 as a plumbing company operating under the name Fred Derby & Son Plumbing. Although we started in the Coopersburg area, we began branching out into other parts of the Lehigh Valley and were soon well known in the area. As the housing boom of the 1980′s hit the Valley, we began to expand the scope of our work to building and renovating homes, which was a perfect addition to the plumbing business. We purchased several tracts of land to develop. With the opening of I78, the commercial growth in the Valley greatly expanded, and the company was fortunate to be a part of it.

By 1988 this growth was large enough that we incorporated the company in the state of Pennsylvania as Coopersburg Construction Corporation, with Fred W. Derby as President. As the 1980′s turned to the 1990′s, the company’s further growth pointed to two things: a painting company and a new name for the plumbing company. Thus was born the two divisions of Coopersburg Construction – Coopersburg Painting & Paperhanging and Coopersburg Plumbing Co. Today the company has 20 plus employees and a fleet of 24 silver trucks proudly sporting the CCC logo in burgundy and black. We are proud of our past, and hope never to forget the lessons learned from it. Every year we look forward to new challenges ahead.

Small Kitchen Design Tips

If you have a small kitchen to design then the problem of designing a great kitchen comes down to just what you can fit and where into the space you have available.  There are many different cabinet designs and surface patterns that can help you provide your small kitchen area with a sense of space.

To create the small, but efficient kitchen design you will need to work on three major areas of small kitchen design: storage, lighting, and appliances.

Small kitchens may seem to be a very difficult design challenge, but they can also be functional, beautiful, and efficient.  Even with a small budget and building restrictions, you will find that there are many options open to you to transform your kitchen into something more ideal for your needs.

To create a more spacious look for your small kitchen design, the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) recommends designing more unique storage solutions, mixing natural and ambient lighting, taking advantage of more space saving appliances, and adding personalized touches.

A small kitchen design requires creativity in coming up with storage solutions.  Some ideas to try include:

  • If you have room, place an island in the center of the kitchen which provides freestanding storage and which is conveniently accessed from any spot in the kitchen.
  • Using a galley kitchen design in which the cabinets and appliances line up on either side of a corridor can work out very well for a small kitchen space.
  • Today’s appliance manufacturers have come up with more compact space-saving appliances making small kitchen design easier, such as refrigerators that are 24 inches deep instead of 30 inches deep, as well as appliances that can be hung underneath cabinets like microwaves.
  • Other small kitchen design tricks include creating an eating area in the kitchen with a drop table or a small sized round table and two small chairs that can be tucked into a corner.  Or a built-in counter along the wall with chairs to provide an eating nook.

Another interesting challenge in small kitchen design is creating an illusion of space with under cabinet lighting or under the counter lighting.  With the proper type of lighting the kitchen can be made to appear larger and more pleasing.

  • The use of light colored cabinets with glass doors.
  • Installing deeper counters that can accommodate more appliances and increase work space.
  • Flooring tiles can be placed on a diagonal, and in a galley style kitchen, hardwood flooring can be run the length of the kitchen.
  • For storage you can hang up pots and pans.  This is a perfect way to free up cabinet space, and they add a certain charm and character to your small kitchen design.  The insides of cabinet doors can be used to hang up everything from utensils, oven mitts, and other miscellaneous items.
  • Pantry storage with units that go all the way to the ceiling with the upper cabinets to provide more space for seldom used items while making the lower cabinets more accessible with rollout shelves, lazy susans, and tilt-out bins.
  • Install a large kitchen sink, since larger sinks are considered to be more practical than small sinks when it comes to cleaning pots and pans.

Remember most kitchens are small. When you look in kitchen design magazines you naturally notice that the kitchens featured are large and so you might think your small kitchen in inadequate.  But good small kitchen design means being able to create space and incorporating ample storage facilities and being able to fit in all the necessary appliances.

5 Steps for Developing Home Remodeling Plans

The first step you need to do in order to tackle a home remodeling or custom home construction project is develop a set of plans. There are 5 key steps that should be followed when developing your home remodeling or custom home construction plans.

Step 1: Specify your Home Remodeling Design Objectives

With paper and pencil, or computer, list your home remodeling /construction objectives. For example, are you looking to add another bedroom, build a family room, remodel a kitchen or build a custom home? Include in your home remodeling design objectives the dimensions of the new living space(s), the budget available, and the timeline for completing the project.

Step 2: Sketch Out Your High Level Home Remodeling Plans

Using quad-ruled paper and pencil, or a computer and a home remodeling software package, sketch out the basics of your home remodeling plans. Include in your sketches top level dimensional information, wall locations, door and window locations, and any key features of particular interest to you. You may want to take a look at a few house plan books to gets some ideas in sketching out your high level home remodeling plans.

Step 3: Review Existing House Plans

If your home remodeling or house plans are relatively straight forward, you may be able to purchase a set of detailed plans on-line or via a house plan magazine, that meet your specific needs. Pick up a few house plan magazines and/or look on-line to see what might work for you. There are literally thousands of home styles and sizes to choose from, and the cost of these plans is relatively inexpensive compared to employing an architect to develop a unique set of home remodeling or house plans.

Step 4 Develop Detailed Home Remodeling Plans or House Plans

After documenting your high level home remodeling or house plan objectives, you can now get down to work fleshing out all of the details. This includes specifying the actual dimensions of all the rooms in your home remodeling or house plans, as well as specifying the myriad of details such as lighting and flooring choices and their locations, appliance makes and models, cabinets, plumbing fixtures, paint colors, interior trim styles and colors, and even landscape items when applicable.

All of this information is critical for having meaningful house plan or home remodeling plan discussions with an architect or designer.

Step 5: Meeting with an Architect or Designer

With a clear understanding of what you are looking for in your specific home remodeling project or house plans, you are now in a good position to meet with an architect or designer if you feel no stock house plans meet your needs.

The architect or designer can then take your home remodeling objectives and plans and transform them into a full set of construction plans to solicit home remodeling contractor bids and obtain construction permits.

5 Steps before Remodeling a Bathroom

Remodeling a bathroom requires more skill and knowledge than general remodeling due to the electricity work and plumbing that is often involved. Depending on the amount of remodeling you are planning, you might want to consider hiring a professional. This page offers a guide on how to remodel a bathroom.

Remodeling a bathroom can be quite expensive due to the electricity and plumbing that is often involved, especially if you have water damage, mold or other problems to address. You might also choose to remodel a bathroom for aesthetic or practical reasons, or to increase the value of your home. Regardless of the reasons, make sure you make a clear and detailed plan before starting the remodeling.

Step 1: Make a Plan

First, determine what parts of the bathroom you wish to remodel and how. Then make a budget to see what is financially feasible for you.

  1. Estimate the total costs of the remodeling and make a budget.
  2. Talk to a professional about you plan
  3. Expect surprises. Unexpected costs can pop up when you start demolishing the bathroom and discover water damage or mold, leaks in pumps or other damages that require extensive remodeling.

Step 2: Consider Hiring a Professional

Remodeling a bathroom is more complicated than other areas of a house because of electricity and plumbing considerations. A bathroom needs to be constructed so that it’s resistant to mold and water damage that might occur due to dampness in the room. Depending on the amount of remodeling you are considering, it might be wise to hire a professional.

  1. If you want to save money, you can hire a professional for parts of the work and do the easier parts yourself.
  2. Plumbing and electricity work is best done by a professional, unless you have extensive knowledge of it yourself.
  3. If you are tearing down walls, tile or other main structures, it’s best to hire a professional who knows how to construct the bathroom so it’s dry and protected from water damage.
  4. For more information on hiring a professional, visit our pages on Painting Services or Plumbing Services.

Step 3: Get Ideas

  • Since you might not remodel the bathroom again for years to come, don’t rush into it. Consider different types of designs and colors.
  1. Consult interior design magazines or other home design sources for ideas.
  2. Choose colors, materials and patterns you will be satisfied with for years.
  3. If you are considering selling your home in the near future, don’t get too creative with colors or materials.
  4. Make sure colors of tile, floors and walls work together design-wise.

Step 4: Precautions and Preparations

To ensure a safe and satisfactory renovation, make a plan and follow safety guidelines.

  1. If you are working with a professional, make sure they are certified.
  2. Evaluate how long the renovation will take and plan accordingly. Make a structured plan of each step, taking into account waiting times such as time for paint to dry.
  3. Follow instructions and safety recommendations for the tools and materials you are using.
  4. Find out how to handle possible lead and other hazardous materials and how to get rid of them.
  5. Disconnect the power, cover power wires and disconnect appliances.
  6. Research all aspects of remodeling for exact instructions on various steps, such as how to paint.

The Remodeling

The steps of remodeling a bathroom should be done in a specific order. Although all renovations will not include all of these steps, the general order is as follows:

  1. Plumbing, electricity and installations of a tub and shower is done first.
  2. Drywall is installed next.
  3. Painting is next.
  4. Cabinets are installed before floors.
  5. After flooring, the toilet is put in place.
  6. Smaller renovations are done last.

Xactimate software training

Mark, our lead project manager for Insurance claims, recently completed his Xactimate software training.  Xactimate is a standardize project estimation tool used by most major insurance carriers.  Now Coopersburg Construction can not only produce the required project estimates and paperwork required by most major insurance carriers but also complete the repairs to your home.